I think creating allows me to take hold of the world more, to climb up an otherwise impossibly slippery surface.
Name, Age, Professional Title, Employer
Benjamin Adelmann | 33 | Visual Artist
What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
I love hiking, rock climbing (bouldering), snorkeling- those activities give me unique viewpoints of the natural world. I have to exercise, I eat a vegetarian diet, I make sure to walk and get sun every day.
Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
There’s no two categories for me—I make work that reflects who I am, and at the same time can be relatable to others, which is important to me for my work to have purpose. I like to create work that has layered meaning, and that can be translated in more than one straight-forward way.
What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
I feel it when my mind is rested, when I have shalom. It can be constant, or I can loose it for a whole week. I love the morning and I love the night.
What are your creative goals for the future?
I’ve gradually evolved my work towards something more epistemic and full, as I’ve learned how to put what’s inside onto the canvas with increased deftness, or maybe just efficiency. In my opinion, some people can communicate with wonderful articulation by spoken words, and others by musical instruments… You need to be able to communicate effectively in something, and a visual artist might find that in paint. In my own opinion, I have, and it drives me forwards.
Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
I figured out how to make these inside-out process paintings while living in the suburbs outside of Tokyo a few years ago. It was like I was starved to talk about reality, my world view and philosophy the way I perceived it—Though I had some exhibitions there, my work was not getting the point across because of the language and conceptual gap of another culture. So I just pushed myself into making a language of process that was both a symbol and a fresh sandbox of visuals for me in my medium.
I also started an objective series of geological subject matter, which came from a childhood love of collecting rocks. Not only is the series pushed me into a new medium, it’s training my hand to create abstract pieces that belie reality and lock onto the space in-between the physical world and perceptual fluidity.
What scares you?
The thought of being driven by fear.
What does success mean to you?
That I can do what I want with the time that I have, that I can do what I do best and not be locked into schedules beyond my control.
Why do you create?
I love to create, it’s identity and purpose and core “stuff” all rolled together. I think creating allows me to take hold of the world more, to climb up an otherwise impossibly slippery surface.